Lazy, Incompetent and Ideological: O'Farrell's Laws Hurt Working People

The attacks on working people by the O’Farrell Government are damaging and extreme. Yet they are made all the more galling by the fact that they result not only from misguided ideology, but sheer incompetence.

- Mark Lennon, President of the NSW Labor Party

 

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Labor Can't Win Government Without Country Labor

The Australian Labor Party’s strong history in the bush is illustrated by the continuing debate between Barcaldine and Balmain as the actual birthplace of the ALP . Irrespective of the outcome of that debate, the ALP and NSW Labor in particular has, since its inception, been a party of the country.

- By Courtney Houssos MLC

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The End of The Party? What Labor's History Can Teach Us About the Rise of The Greens and The Future of Australian Progressive Politics

"'We'll all be rooned,' said Hanrahan, in accents most forlorn."

Self-flagellation and teeth gnashing have long been favoured pastimes of members of the
Labor Party and its fellow travellers. Angst-ridden debate about what Labor ought to stand for
and the extent to which the Party has abandoned its founding principles have been standard fare in
progressive political discourse since before Federation. However, since the 2010 Australian Federal
election, the focal point for ALP navel gazing has shifted from ideological ennui to an existential panic.

- Tim Watts MP, Member for Gellibrand

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Labor MPs At The Frontlines

NSW Labor’s great strength has always come from its local MPs. Labor MPs are at the coalface of reform; often national policies into practical initiatives that benefit local communities. Ahead of next year’s Federal Election, Voice checked in with five Labor MPs.

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How Should We Elect Our Leader Members or Caucus: Why Caucus Should Elect the Parliamentary Leader

Over the last few years we have seen a healthy discussion on the internal structures of the Labor Party and we have seen some significant reform. It is a great credit to NSW Labor General Secretary Sam Dastyari that, not only are we able to have a sensible debate, but that we have actually seen real action taken.

The Hon. Steve Whan, Former Minister for Primary Industries, Rural Affairs and Emergency Services

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How Should We Elect Our Leader Members or Caucus: Labor is Mature Enough to Elect Leaders

Labor is Australia’s oldest political party and one of the oldest progressive parties in the world. It would be easy to take comfort in this longevity, to reject the need to fundamentally rethink the way our Party works to ensure the Party survives and prospers. As well as being easy, it would also be foolish.

- The Hon. Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer and Member for McMahon

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The Decline of Social Democracy

The salient characteristic of social democracy today is its collapsing electoral appeal. In the past two years, social democrats have lost elections in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Canada and Italy to challengers from the left and right. In Australia, after an era of unmatched Labor supremacy – when every Australian Government was Labor led – the Party has lost elections in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and narrowly avoided a Federal humiliation after winning an emphatic victory in 2007.

- Daniel Mookhey MLC

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A View From Inside the 2011 State Election Campaign

"In the 1999 State Election campaign the seat of Ryde was a marginal seat. It was an important seat, held by the Labor Party, but necessary for the Liberals to win to take back Government. Walt Secord, Director of Communications to the Premier, keeps a close eye on a targeted seat like Ryde, and one afternoon Walt rang the Ryde campaign office. A young woman answered the phone. Walt spoke to her briefly and then asked to be put straight through to one of the campaign directors. And what was Walt’s first piece of advice that day? “Get that woman with an American accent off the telephones." Kristina Keneally’s inaugural speech to the NSW Parliament, 20 May 2003

- By Walt Secord MLC

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A Tribute to Margaret Elaine Whitlam, AO

When news came that the grand partnership of Margaret and Gough Whitlam had ended with her death on 17 March 2012, I shed a tear and thought how well matched they had been. Although, like many others of her generation, it was Margaret who put aside any ambition so that Gough might pursue his career while she raised four children almost single handedly.

Dr. Marilyn Dodkin

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The Reckoning of a Hollow Man

A ‘Hollow Man’ died in London last year. Philip Gould, the Labour Party pollster and key architect of Tony Blair’s New Labour, was told in September 2011 that he would die of cancer within three months. With morbid accuracy, he died in the first week of November.

By Tim Watts

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